Observer Research Foundation

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Coordinates: 28°37′50″N 77°14′15″E / 28.630643°N 77.237465°E / 28.630643; 77.237465

Observer Research Foundation
Formation September 5, 1990; 24 years ago (1990-09-05)
Type Public Policy Think Tank
Headquarters 20, Rouse Avenue Institutional Area, New Delhi - 110 002
Sunjoy Joshi
$ 1.6 million [1]

Observer Research Foundation (ORF) is an independent think tank based in India.[2]


Observer Research Foundation was conceived and supported by a cross-section of leading intellectuals, academics, public figures, social activists, business leaders and institutions of higher learning. It was established on September 5, 1990 as a non-profit, public policy think tank and Rishi Kumar Mishra was the founding chairman.[3]


ORF provides informed and viable inputs for the policy and decision-makers in the Indian Government and to the political and business leadership of the India. For this, the Foundation has established four Institutes to consolidate and shape its many activities and programs. These are the:

  • ORF Institute of Asian Studies
  • ORF Institute of Security Studies
  • ORF Institute of Politics and Governance
  • ORF Institute of Economy and Development


  1. ^ "ORF Annual Report 2010-2011" (PDF). Observer Research Foundation. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  2. ^ ABOUT ORF
  3. ^ About R K Mishra